LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – There have been two officer-involved shootings in less than a month with two very similar scenarios. The latest happened just before noon on March 1 in the Russell neighborhood.
“First Division officers responded to a complaint to a man doing drugs next to an abandoned house,” said LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.
Chief Conrad said when officers arrived at the house near 26th and Magazine Streets, neighbors told them the man had gone inside the abandoned house. The Chief said three officers went into the home announcing their presence several times. As they were leaving, he said an officer saw a man hiding behind a mattress.
“The officer ordered the man--who is a black male--to show his hands and then fired one shot striking the man in the abdomen,” Chief Conrad said.
What we don't know is if the man was armed and if he approached the officer.
Chief Conrad says the man is now recovering from surgery in the hospital, but on February 11, police responded to a very similar call that resulted in the death of 32-year-old William Young Jr.
Police said officers responded to a burglary call to an abandoned home on Oleanda Avenue near Churchill Downs.
Police said Young, who had previous drug charges, lunged at officers with a metal object that looked like a meat skewer, injuring one of the officers. Officers opened fire, killing Young, and one of the officers fell backward shooting himself in the hand.
All three officers were placed on paid administrative leave while this investigation continues.
Chief Conrad said the officer involved in Wednesday’s shooting will also be placed on paid administrative leave.
Chief Conrad says he will address the media again sometime late Thursday afternoon. He says at that time they will release the body camera video and the name of the officer who shot the man. The video may or may not shed more light on why the officer pulled the trigger.
Community activists will also hold a press conference Thursday at 10 a.m. in front of University Hospital.